Mr. Butler of Bishop’s Falls, NL is the owner and operator of Hi-Point Industries, a highly successful peat producer and manufacturing business. In 2006 Mr. Butler was presented the Exporter of the Year Award by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in recognition of over 2 decades of servicing the International Petroleum Industry through a worldwide distribution network in 28 countries. He has also been the recipient of other awards from various organizations including the Manufacturing Association and Environmental Industry Association. With extensive experience in the prevention and control of environmental hazards, Mr. Butler’s expertise and products have helped mitigate environmental damage at major spills such as the Alaskan Valdez spill, the Iron Baron spill in Australia and a catastrophic spill in Uruguay.
Victor A. French, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Victor French of Bay Roberts, NL holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geology, is a Registered Professional Geoscientist in Newfoundland and Labrador, a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, and a life member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada . During a 50+ year career, he has worked in the mining industry as a senior manager in an open pit mining operation and as an exploration consultant to the industry with expertise in gold and silver exploration. He is also on the board of several NL based, private natural resource companies.
David F. Strong, PhD., LLD.
David F. Strong, PhD, DSC, LLD, FRSC, KSJ of Victoria, B.C. has a distinguished career as an academic, entrepreneur and scientist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada. His many distinctions include the Canadian Institute of Mining Distinguished Service Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from St. Francis Xavier University. Dr, Strong is the founding President and Vice-Chancellor of University Canada West, past President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria, B.C, and a former Vice President Academic at Memorial University of Newfoundland. A highly respected geoscientist, he has served on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, the Research Council of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Advisory Councils on Science and Technology for the Premiers of both Newfoundland and British Columbia.